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TRUMP AS A CARTOON HITLER

I don’t pretend to know if Donald Trump actually wants to throw his enemies in prison, overthrow our democracy and set up a Trumpocracy that will make America great again, again.

But with Trump’s recent crazy rightwing bluster and political threats, he has been doing a fine job of supplying his enemies with evidence of his inner authoritarian.

Political cartoonists made up their minds years ago that Trump is a cartoon Hitler – a cartoon fascist. When editorial cartoonists think evil dictator or nasty fascist, they immediately think of Hitler and that signature dumb moustache. Hitler is the easiest fascist to draw.

Trump doesn’t fit the World War II mold of fascist dictators as mass murderers, and cartoonists don’t draw Trump as Hitler’s fellow mass-murderers, Mao or Stalin. They don’t even think of Mussolini who coined the term “fascist” in 1919 to describe his thuggish political party in World War II Italy.

And unless you’ve seen Guillermo del Toro’s wonderful animated remake of “Pinocchio,” in which Mussolini appears as a short, stumpy dictator who orders his henchmen to shoot Pinocchio, you probably don’t realize what a cartoonist’s dream “Il Duce” was.

Trump is a “cartoon Hitler” because everyone knows who Hitler is at first sight. Stalin and Mao need to be labeled by editorial cartoonists because so few newspaper readers under 80 recognize them. And Trump-as-Hitler works well to make a point or disturb the reader; it requires no explanation, and doesn’t even require a good caricature – just a little, square moustache.

Political cartoonists like disturbing images that make readers think, or react, as much as they like cartoons that make readers laugh.

The Washington Post ran a recent article about Trump’s Veterans Day speech – headlined “Trump calls political enemies ‘vermin,’ echoing dictators Hitler, Mussolini” – it was hardly subtle, quoting several political experts and historians who said Trump’s rhetoric about rooting out his left-liberal opponents reminded them of history’s most notorious fascist despots.

Here are “Ten Reasons Why Trump is a Cartoon Hitler”:

Leader of a personality cult.

Strongman leader.

Theatricality and massive political rallies.

Hyper-nationalist (MAGA).

Calls to ban or deport immigrants.

Fetishization of masculinity. Vengeance. Weaponization of the DOJ.

Lost Golden Age Syndrome.

Promises to purge the disloyal from government (the “Deep State”).

Readiness to use violence in politics.

Demonization of political opponents as “vermin” or worthy of being deported (illegal immigrants) or prosecuted (“Lock her up”), or blocked from entering the country (Muslims) or “poisoning the blood.”

Despite the many real and imagined comparisons, however, you’ll rarely if ever see a Hitler cartoon on the opinion pages of your favorite newspaper.

That’s because editors hate Hitler analogies in cartoons as much as cartoonists love to draw them. They generally think Hitler cartoons are too easy to make, too obvious or unfair, or too incendiary – and they’re not always wrong.

It’s generally true that there’s only a small percentage of cartoons that cartoonists draw that editors want to publish.

Newspaper editors, as their industry continues to shrink, have grown much more timid and soft. At the same time the Internet has grown much more unkind and siloed and willing to let cartoonists be the meanies they wanted to be all along. There’s a culture that exists among editorial cartoonists; most are kind of macho and like to draw harsh cartoons.

Like any good editorial cartoonist, I like to hit people over the head with harsh images and make them think or react. But I’m just a political cartoonist and probably not the guy people would come to for answers to important or complex issues – or, for that matter, for answers about whether Trump is really Hitler without the mustache.

Daryl Cagle is the publisher of Cagle.com and owner of CagleCartoons.com, a syndicate that distributes editorial cartoons and columns to over 500 subscribing newspapers.

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Cartoonists are Casualties of War Too

People who like to draw serious political cartoons for a living – people like me – have to be extra careful in these divisive times.

In just the last month three major newspapers – the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Guardian in Britain – have pulled down or decided not to publish cartoons drawn by the best editorial cartoonists in the world.

Michael Ramirez, Monte Wolverton and Steve Bell each bravely applied their talents and opinions to the brutal war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas that started Oct. 7.

For their troubles, they were charged with being Islamophobic, anti-Semitic or racist by readers, their fellow journalists and editorial boards. Bell was even fired.

The most recent example was at the Washington Post, where my good friend Michael Ramirez ran his caricature of a Hamas spokesman, Ghazi Hamadi, in a suit with five women and children roped to his body.

“How dare Israel attack civilians…” the Hamas spokesman was saying.

You’d think it’d be easy for anyone to get the point Ramirez was making. Many cartoonists have used the same idea of Hamas or Hezbollah wearing children as human shields, including me.

But many readers immediately expressed outrage on social media and bombarded the paper’s comment section from their silos.

Ramirez was charged with excusing Israel’s war crimes and pushing Israeli military talking points and accused of being a racist for his malicious, offensive and “grotesque caricature” of a Palestinian.

The reader outrage was so intense that the boss of the Post’s opinion section, David Shipley, “re-evaluated” his decision.

He didn’t just pull it down from the paper’s web site. He issued an apology for having “missed something profound, and divisive” and published a selection of critical comments by readers.

Ramirez ably defended himself on Michael Smerconish’s Nov. 11 show on CNN.

Calling the charges against him “ridiculous,” he said, “The cartoon was very specific. It pointed out the hypocrisy of an organization that uses civilians as shields” and said his critics “used the race card as a way to eliminate a contrary political opinion they don’t agree with.”

I agree with Ramirez. It was outrageous how quickly – and abjectly — the Post caved to the complaints of its noisiest, most partisan and most sensitive readers.

What happened last month at the Philadelphia Inquirer to my good friend Monte Wolverton was another example of how careful editorial cartoonists have to be today.

My small business represents Wolverton and syndicates his work. His Oct. 18 cartoon showed an oversized Israeli army boot crushing Hamas terrorists.

It ran in many other newspapers without any complaints, but the Inquirer reconsidered and decided to take it down and apologize because its editors thought the cartoon reinforced “pernicious anti-Semitic tropes about Israeli aggression.”

I suggested to Monte that he withdraw the cartoon and apologize for it because I think any big military boot in an editorial cartoon could be seen as a Nazi boot and portraying Jews as Nazis is an anti-Semitic trope.

The most outlandish – and unjustified — case of cartoon cancelling happened to the highly respected Steve Bell of the Guardian newspaper in Britain. He was fired after 40 years at the paper, over a cartoon that was never even published.

His fatal cartoon depicted Benjamin Netanyahu carving the map of Gaza on his bare belly with a scalpel and saying “Residents of Gaza get out now.” The cartoon drew upon a famous photo of Lyndon Johnson, lifting his shirt to show a scar from a recent surgery, which formed the basis for a famous cartoon by David Levine, with LBJ showing a scar shaped like Vietnam on his belly – an image familiar to all cartoonists and a good analogy.  Gaza is Netanyahu’s Vietnam.

Bell quoted his bosses as saying the cartoon could be seen as anti-Semitic because somehow they believed it was playing on the “pound of flesh” line spoken by Shylock, the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare’s 1596 play The Merchant of Venice.

On my “Caglecast” podcast I asked the top three editorial cartoonists in Israel if Bell’s cartoon qualified as anti-Semitic and they agreed it wasn’t even close. Declaring Bell’s cartoon anti-Semitic was a ridiculous stretch.

But it shows how political cartoonists of today really have to know where to draw their lines.

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Cartoonists Discuss Their BIDEN BASHING Cartoons

In our newest Caglecast I discuss cartoons about President Joe Biden with the brilliant cartoonists, Rivers, Gary McCoy and Michael Ramirez. Watch the video to see how Joe Biden and Hunter Biden look from the cartoon bubble on the right!

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SALUTE THE TROOPS: TOP TEN CARTOONS OF THE WEEK

If there’s one truth about cartooning, it’s that editors and readers love holiday cartoons, but most cartoonists hate drawing them.

This week was no exception. Cartoons celebrating Veterans Day dominated out list of the most-reprinted cartoons this week. Congratulations to Dave Granlund, who had four cartoons on this week’s top ten list, including the first three.

Two of Granlund’s most-reprinted cartoons were focused on Veterans Day, while the third touched on reports that credit card debt in the U.S. has exceeded $1 trillion for the first time, a fact most readers (and cartoonists) can relate to.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Dave Granlund

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#2. Dave Granlund

 

#3. Dave Granlund

 

#4. John Darkow

 

#5. Guy Parsons

 

#6. Rick McKee

 

#7. Jeff Koterba

 

#8. Rick McKee

 

#9. Pat Bagley

 

#10. Dave Granlund

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Top Israeli Cartoonists Discuss the War in Cartoons

In our newest Caglecast I discuss the war with Hamas with three of the top Israeli cartoonists, Michel Kichka, Uri Fink and Moshik Gulst. Watch the video to see what they say about the cartoons below.

This one is by Tom Janssen from the Netherlands

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Michel Kichka

 

Marian Kamensky

 

Chris Weyant

 

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BAD NEWS: TOP TEN CARTOONS OF THE WEEK

These days, we always seem to be surrounded by bad news. The conflict in Israel. Mass shootings across the country. A political system that never seems to work.

Several of our most popular cartoons this week centered around that theme, including Chris Weyant’s touching piece about a father reading at night to her daughter. If only we could all just live happily ever after.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Chris Weyant

 

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#2. Dave Whamond

 

#3. Dave Whamond

 

#4. Daryl Cagle

 

#5. Dave Whamond

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#6. Dick Wright

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#7. John Darkow

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#8. Jeff Koterba

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#9. Dave Granlund

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#10. John Darkow

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WAR AND CHAOS – TOP TEN CARTOONS OF THE WEEK

A week ago, Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel, killing more than 1,200 Israelis and igniting a new conflict in a region long torn by war and bloodshed. Meanwhile, back here in the U.S., Republicans remain unable to elect a Speaker of the House, which could impact our country’s ability to aid Israel, among other things.

All that to say it was a busy week for cartoonists, who also targeted their pens on the over-inflated price of housing and President Joe Biden’s sudden change of heart on Trump’s border wall.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. John Darkow

 

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#2. John Darkow

 

#3. Chris Weyant

 

#4. Dave Whamond

 

#5. Adam Zyglis

 

#6. Jeff Koterba

 

#7. Pat Bagley

 

#8. Rick McKee

 

#9. Dave Granlund

 

#10. Dave Whamond

 

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Taylor Swift and Autumn! Top Ten Cartoons of the Week!

Did you hear Taylor Swift just might be dating Super Bowl champ Travis Kelce? The news was plastered everywhere this past week, so I commend you if the dating habits of two famous 30-year-olds somehow passed you by.

I enjoyed Rick McKee’s cartoon about the Swift-Kelce hoopla, which juxtaposes celebrity gossip with all the real issues our country faces.

The most popular cartoon this week was Rivers’ take on the beautiful colors of fall. It’s hard to believe we’re just three months away from 2024. Guess I should enjoy the quiet before the election really gets underway.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Rivers

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#2. Rick McKee

 

#3. Rick McKee

 

#4. Ed Wexler

 

#5. Dave Whamond

 

#6. Dave Granlund

 

#7. Chris Weyant

 

#8. R.J. Matson

 

#9. Frank Hansen

 

#10. Rick McKee

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Impeachment Insanity – Top Ten Cartoons of the Week!

Congress is back in session, and Republicans are focusing their efforts on an impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden, despite the last of evidence linking him to the business dealings of his son, Hunter.

Complicating matters is the need for Congress to pass a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown, which could happen as soon as the end of next week. It all may be bad for the country, but at least it’s allowing cartoonists to create some funny and pointed work.

Here are our top ten most reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Dave Whamond

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#2. Dave Granlund

 

#3. Dave Whamond

 

#4. Jeff Koterba

 

#5. Jeff Koterba

 

#6. Chris Weyant

 

#7. Guy Parsons

 

#8. John Darkow

 

#9. Dave Whamond

 

#10. R.J. Matson

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Pumpkin Spice – Top Ten Cartoons of the Week!

It’s the middle of September, or as it’s become known across the U.S. – pumpkin spice season.

That’s when everything from coffee to Oreos to scented candles roll out pumpkin spice-flavored versions of their favorite products. At the top of the list is the Pumpkin Spice Latte, which turns 20 this year after being introduced by Starbucks in 2003.

Rick McKee’s cartoon about our obsession with all thinks pumpkin was easily our most reprinted cartoon this week. Here are the rest of our top ten reprinted cartoons of the week:

#1. Rick McKee

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#2. Jeff Koterba

 

#3. R.J. Matson

 

#4. John Darkow

 

#5. Rick McKee

 

#6. Pat Byrnes

 

#7. John Cole

 

#8. Dave Granlund

 

#9. Bob Englehart

 

#10. Dave Granlund

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More Crooked Clarence Thomas Cartoons!

Here’s a batch of new Clarence Thomas cartoons since our great Clarence Thomas cartoon podcast.

 

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Great Trump Cartoons

Here are the some great Trump cartoons from our brilliant cartoonists Rick McKee, Ed Wexler and Taylor Jones that they show and talk about on our new video CagleCast …

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